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Student Show

An exhibition of paintings

March 2 - May 1 | Frances Coates

8 AM - 4 PM (M - F) | Frances Plecker Education Center

Wildflowers in Virginia are representatives of 189 families. Paintings from15 families have been selected to exhibit in the Frances Plecker Education Center at the Edith Carrier Arboretum, and will include one or two family members that bloom around the arboretum grounds during March and April.

While living in Wisconsin I began painting my series of more than 50 wildflower families inspired by arboretums, sanctuaries, and botanical gardens throughout the state as well as numerous individual wildflowers I documented along hiking trails throughout the state. The series was first exhibited at the University of Wisconsin Madison arboretum in the August of 2013. Like James Madison University, many universities in Wisconsin include arboretums as part of their campuses.  Over the years, I have repainted some family paintings as I saw additional species or reworked a composition to include another species.  In Virginia, the 2012 publication of the Flora of Virginia changed members of some families, notably for this exhibit, taxonomy that once included Trilliums as part of the Lily Family are now separate families.

The work of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) has influenced my paintings.  Her use of color, line, detailed observations, depiction of metamorphosis, and her organization of space is reflected in my paintings. Some of my recent paintings focus on a wildflower’s stages of grow or like Merian, incorporate the stages of butterfly’ stages along with its host plant’s stages.  Additional examples of my painting can be viewed at the Cottage Curator in Sperryville. VA. 

PAST EXHIBITIONS ARCHIVE

2020

January - February | JMU Student Exhibition
March - April | Frances Coates

2019

January - February | Erica Lohan
March - April | Jackie Labovitz
May - June | Tony DiStefano
July - August | Ann Currie & Christine Andreae
Sept - Oct | Andrea Finch
Nov - Dec | Lotta Helleberg

2018

Janurary - February | Gene Gibb
March - April | Kelli Hertzler
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Dabney Kirchman
Sept - Oct | Celia Culver Rutt
Nov - Dec | Lynn Whitmore

2017

January - February | Jessica Horting + Sarah Phillips
March - April | Nadia Louderback
May - June | Tamara Gibson
July - August | Nancy Spahr
September - October | Sharon Strite
November - December | Joyce Ellis Overby

2016

January - February | Deborah Davis
March - April | Mia LaBerge
May - June | Carol Kirkham Martin
July - August | Annette Naber
September - October | Martha Crider Henderson
November - December | Janet Pearlman

 

2015

January - February | Celia Culver Rutt
March - April | Janet Lee Wright
May - June | Denise Kanter Allen
July - August | Manita K. Bentley
September |Arboretum Employees
October | Jeremiah Morris
November |Elaine Hurst

2014

January - February | Brian Ripley
March - April | Sarah Phillips
May - June | Paige Ramsey
July - August | Lynda Chandler
September - December | Jewel Yoder Hertzler
November - December | Brenda Fairweather

2013

January - February | JMU Art Students Exhibit
March - April | Marilyn Banner
May - June | Anita Cooper
July - August | Gabrielle Gill
September - October | Jeffery Stockberger
November - December | Judith N. Ligon

2012

January 2012 | Evan McGrew
February - March | Christine Andreae
April - May | Frank Ceravalo
June - July | Steven Johnson
August - September | Janet Cardwell
October | A Collective Exhibit of Children's Botanical Drawings
November - December | Carl 'Spike' Knuth

2011

May - June | Ed Gowen
July - August | Barbara Wachter
September | Matalie Griffin Rivard Deane
October - November | Carolyn Ratcliffe
December |Evan McGrew

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
780 University Blvd, MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

(540)-568-3194 | ejcarboretum@jmu.edu 
Grounds | Free to the public | Dawn to dusk | 365 days a year
Frances Plecker Education Center | Monday - Friday | 8 AM - 4 PM

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